City Council —City of West HollywoodMarch 7, 2017 —Local Elections
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About this office
- Completing the West Hollywood Park Phase II Plan
- Implementing a Poverty Reduction initiative
- Developing a plan to connect West Hollywood to the Wilshire Metro line
After receiving a bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University, Cleveland native John Heilman moved to Southern California to attend the University of Southern California Law School. He was an editor of the school’s Law Review and graduated in 1982. He currently teaches law at both Southwestern Law School and the University of Southern California Law School.
Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman was active in the incorporation of the City of West Hollywood. He was elected to the City’s first City Council in November 1984. Heilman was chosen as the City’s second Mayor in 1985. He also served as Mayor in 1990, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2006, and 2010. He was reelected to the City Council in June 2015.
Since his earliest days on the City Council, one of Heilman’s strongest concerns has been affordable housing. Heilman was instrumental in the establishment of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, a City-funded organization that develops affordable housing in West Hollywood. He also helped develop the City's landmark Rent Stabilization Ordinance and inclusionary housing policy.
Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman has been an active member of the National League of Cities. He has served on the board of both the National League of Cities and the California League of Cities. He is a past board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Local Government Commission. He is also the past president of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Local Officials Group and past co-chair of the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials.
Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman helped create the City’s recycling program and Senior Advisory Council. He founded the City’s Russian Advisory Board in an attempt to integrate the City’s Russian-speaking residents into the City’s decision making process. As a result of his leadership on the issue of AIDS, he received the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Award in 1990. Heilman also works closely with the City's business community, serving as the City Council's liaison to the West Hollywood Marketing and Visitors Bureau.
Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman wants West Hollywood to maintain its diversity along with its sense of community. The entire City Council, he says, is “committed to keeping this a diverse community that sets its own fate.”
I am a lifelong Democrat, and I’m committed to the values of the Democratic Party. I believe in equality for women and girls. I support the rights of immigrants and have worked to serve the immigrant community in West Hollywood. I support the rights of working people and advocated for an increase in the minimum wage. I support equality for the LGBT community. I have been a strong advocate for social services and affordable housing.
- Economic Development
- Affordable Housing
- Social services for residents
- Mandatory RFP's for all City contracts
- A more detailed, proactive approach to addressing homelessness
- A stronger commitment to the WeHo's progressive values, and policy that reflects our roots
- Los Angeles County Young Democrats
- Responsible development, mandating compatible development, that tempers height, variances and set backs, and doesn't further negatively impact traffic circulation or the environment.
- Homelessness - working with the city's out reach programs and companies to assist people who are willing and able to get off the streets, receive addiction recovery, mental health relief and transition into permanent housing.
- Traffic and public safety - with better circulation, utilizing new technology in lights and signals; signaled pedestrian crossings, painted/wider bike lanes; and encouraging walking and other forms of transportation, especially for short commutes.
- Smart Development
- Affordable Housing
- Public Safety
- Overdevelopment: We are losing the character and charm of our City.We need to promote smart development to regain our quality of life and maintain the peaceful and tranquil environment that drew us all to West Hollywood.
- Crosswalk Safety: Pedestrian deaths and injuries in crosswalks in our City are tragic and unacceptable Our highest priority should be that no one is ever again killed or maimed in a crosswalk.
- Proper Use of Police Resources: Our resources need to be properly allocated to defend and protect the citizens who live in West Hollywood. Our City must, once again, become a safe haven for people of all walks of life.
- I will seek aggressive policies and action to protect and advance the rights of our transgendered, foreign-born, and imm
- I will take aggressive action to provide housing for our homeless, seeking immediate relief for both our short-term homeless citizens as well as a comprehensive plan to aid our citizens with chronic homelessness.
- I will aggressively pursue local election reform, with the intention of taking the power out of the hands of developers and big business and putting it back in the hands of the people.
- To assure Affordable Housing and the ability for seniors to age in place
- Pull in the reins on the out of control over development of West Hollywood
- Reduce the Homeless population through assisting the homeless with housing and medical assistance
I have owned a home here in West Hollywood for 20 years. I own a software development company. Also, for 9 years I produce and host a weekly talk show on West Hollywood C called “My Weho World”
The reason I started the show was to become more involved with the City. I have hosted many West Hollywood council members, business owners and residents.
From this experience, I feel I am well in touch with The City of West Hollywood’s Benefits and the Problems that residents and businesses face.
I moved to West Hollywood because as a city, it was founded to offer protection to the LGBT community of which I am a member, protection against rising rents, and a safe low crime area in which to live. These protections are rapidly disappearing.
Issues such as Parking, traffic, homelessness, dramatic rent increases, and new business issues all remain in spite of promises made by council members.
New Development has increased not slowed. Everything seems to get approved.
I am running because I stand for change and the only way to change the City is to change the people in charge.
We need to take back control of our City before the corporations taking over make it impossible.
I am ready to take on that responsibility and to fight for the citizens of West Hollywood so that we who live here can all have the guarantees of a better life here.